On Saturday, May 23, 13 Timber Wolves and four Leaders gathered together for a hike through Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Gorge and a one-night campout at Camp St. Michael.

The day began around 9:00 am as we arrived at our host parish, Mater Ecclesiae. Before setting out, we called the circle and formally opened the day with the Howl, the Promise, and the Pledge. We stowed our gear in the vestibule of the parish hall and left for Philadelphia.

We arrived at the Valley Green Inn around 10:15 and quickly made for the White trail. One of our Timber Wolves, working on a proficiency badge, had chosen the White trail as it is not as rugged as some others, although it is a longer trail because of its many turns, and it is also the most elevated of the trails on the eastern side of the Wissahickon Creek.

Start of the hike

Start of the hike, approaching the Wissahickon creek. The trail has eroded in this section and has been replaced with a boardwalk.

Timber Wolf consults a map

A Timber Wolf consults a map of the Wissahickon Gorge

While the terrain was rugged, our Timber Wolves did their best and pushed themselves beyond the limits of the trail.

Timber Wolves climb a rock

Timber Wolves climb a rock. We were reminded of our time at Thunder Rocks in Allegany State Park (NY) last year

Timber Wolf scramble

Timber Wolves scramble up a slope

We stopped for a snack and some water about one mile into our hike at a spot where the Timber Wolves spotted a small cave.

Stopping for a snack and drink

Timber Wolves stop for a snack and drink where they found a small cave (full of mosquitoes … maybe Sugeema was in there!)

As we neared our goal (and the midpoint of our hike), some of our younger Timber Wolves were flagging, but with a little encouragement from their brothers, all of the boys climbed the switchback to the Indian Statue.

Timber Wolves leading the pack

Three Timber Wolves help lead their brothers to the rocky outcrop on which the Indian kneels looking over the gorge

Timber Wolves at the statue

All of our Timber Wolves at the base of the Indian statue